tv [untitled] May 21, 2012 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
-- everybody to this fantastic events. this gives me an opportunity to show off not only to my colleagues and my friend, but also to folks that do not know we have a going on out here in bayview. give yourselves a round of applause, please [applause] ] as someone -- a round of applause please. [applause] as someone who has only been in office a short while, it is amazing when you stop and think about how large manufacturing is growing here in this city, even in the difficult economic climate. manufacturers have started to grow inside san francisco. and we cannot say that about every type of business in san francisco. what is most unique about what we are doing out here in the city is that we are reusing and repurchasing old bake it spaces. we have invested in the neighborhood, and more importantly, we have hired a
local san francisco talent that is critical to this day and age. [applause] i want to take a moment to a knowledge the hard work of kate and sf made. [applause] we would not be successful as we are if it were not for the hard work and the capacity and commitment, and proving that residents can and do business right here in san francisco. it has been a big challenge in the bayview district, but is the events like this that show that we will not be defined by the history of the bay view, but either future of the bayview neighborhood. -- but the future of the bayview neighborhood. [applause] without further ado, i would like to bring out -- i'm sorry, i got off script now. it is good now.
meet me at the bar if you really want to [laughter] know] meet me at the -- meet me at the bar if you really want to know. [laughter] meet me at the speakeasy table. all right, my friend robin. [applause] >> i'm here to introduce kate so fast, the founding executive director of san francisco made, who is as comfortable on the manufacturing floor as she is directing the clinton initiative. [applause] >> what a celebration. look at all of you who are here tonight. ic manufacturers, members of the board of supervisors, finding partners. thank you. you are the people who make manufacturing work in san francisco. give yourselves a round of applause. thank you for everything you do. [applause]
did you know that we have started just a little more than two years ago and since our humble beginning with only 12 companies, we have now reached 325 manufacturers all here in the city, providing more than 3000 jobs to san francisco residents. look at what this group have accomplished. and we are not only seeing venerable companies like heath ceramics, who after 50 years in operation and after starting on clay street in san francisco making a decision to move back to san francisco. we are also seeing new manufacturers being born. san francisco is once again reclaiming its place at a place where manufacturing can start and stay and grow. over 30% of you are only three years old or younger. look at what we have accomplished. look at the possibility we have.
[applause] and it is not only happening here. as robin alluded to, last year around the same time, i was standing on a very different stage next to president bill clinton. he is about that tall. and next to me, colleagues from made in new york city. and we announced our intention to create a national alliance as cities who are trying to reinvigorate their own manufacturing centers. we started with two cities, san francisco and new york. this year, next month in fact, we have been invited back to the clinton global initiative where we will have the privilege of announcing that we have 14 major u.s. cities trying to grow their own urban manufacturing sector. [applause] from chicago to cleveland to of land that to memphis to l.a.,
san francisco, new york, this is something happening on a national scale. and beyond our borders as well. last year, made in copenhagen launched. this year, montreal is in the works. and the thing i want all of us to take away from this is that in all of these efforts we are connected, and in all of these efforts san francisco is being viewed as the model for these other cities. san francisco. so give ourselves a hand for what we are accomplishing for us and for these other cities. [applause] but now on a personal level, something that i feel maybe most important to me as i look at the kind of companies that we have here and i look at the kind of work that you are doing in your company's, this is not manufacturing as we know it. this is not manufacturing as
people often think of it. i grew up in a very different manufacturing city on the east coast called buffalo. and when i was a kid in the 1970's growing up in buffalo, that was a city that was simply hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs, along with all of the old cities in the industrial rust belt. and in buffalo, you grew up being told to run as fast and as far away from manufacturing as you possibly can. but what i see now, what i see in the companies that we have nsf made -- in sf made in san francisco, i see men and women working you can actually earn enough to support their families. i see and be a's from stanford, ph.d.'s from mit starting the
next ipad manufacturer or the next apparel manufacturer instead of the next twitter. and that is nothing to say anything against water. and for all of you tweeting right now, please continue. but at the end of the day, as for my own daughters, i would be proud for either of them to work in this sector. this is a whole new world we have in front of us. and tonight, if you are a resident of san francisco who has stumbled your way and use -- to explore what we have to offer, dig deep. use the rest of this week to go on a factory tour. i especially want to highlight the valencia corridor. we have 60 retailers selling manufactured products this weekend. a number of them received damage last week. one way you can show your support for those businesses is to shop this weekend.
if you or someone with expertise, or if you are a funding corp. -- funding partner, investing these communities. they need your finding capital and your resources. we act sf made me your resources. if you are an elected official, and i note there are many of you here tonight, have the courage to continue to move forward the kind of legislation that may be difficult, but it's essential for keeping this city for a place for manufacturing to be. and most of all, if you're one of the 325 manufacturers here tonight, recognize that we are so much more powerful together other. find one another, market to each other's customers. figure out what creativity and
innovation happens when we work together. can recognize that we make products. we make guitars and mattresses and apparel and granola and beer and wine and kombucha, but more than that, we are making a difference. but tonight, we are celebrating, and we are celebrating the different -- the possibility of difference. thank you [applause] >> -- thank you. [applause] >> we are celebrating the rebirth of manufacturing. you capture that. i want to welcome mayor lee helping spd number one city in urban manufacturing. [applause] >> thank you, robin. hello, everybody. first, i want to thank robin and
katie and supervisor cohen and supervisor wiener for joining us tonight. i just had nicebeer. i have for -- i just had a nice beer. i have four pages of notes that i just threw away. once a week my staff gets me out. tonight was one of the work by night. take me on more brewery's why don't you, staff? tonight was wonderful. [laughter] speakeasy, talk about manufacturing. they have been brewing fine ales and years since 1977. congratulations. [applause] i am privileged to work with wonderful people. i cannot say enough about katie.
just three and a half years since we started and just 325 companies later, manufacturers, investor confidence, jobs, jobs, jobs. cady, thank you for your wonderful leadership at sf made. you and the board of directors at sf made, thank you for your wonderful leadership. these are the people i want to work with when we think about san francisco and what we make. my daughters used to have a joke. daddy, the only thing you make our crude jokes. that does not sell. at least, not now. but i want you to know that i'm very heartened with our manufacturing base here. as much as you have heard me speak about the technology companies, and they are wonderful. and of course, we are espousing them every week and supporting them, but i want you to make
sure you know -- i want to make sure you know that i will be speaking about our san francisco made products all the time. apparel, chocolate, wine, beer, jewelery, everything we could manufacture. and guess what, i will make a big promise to you. the more that we make of san francisco, the more international markets will pay attention to san francisco. and guess what, i am so lucky. we are the home to 70 general counsel offices in the world, highest number outside of new york and washington d.c.. we've got to take advantage of that. i'm going to go out and make a very strong plea, support the manufacturers of san francisco made products. we will be number one in the world and we will have a marked share. thank you -- a market share. thank you for all you do.
[applause] here is what i, supervisor cohen, and the sick -- the board of supervisors are going to do. number one, we are going to start a manufacturing desk at the office of workforce development. and that manufacturing test will be modeling -- will be my linked to all of you. that manufacturing staff will directly report to me and let me know what type of red tape we have to cut off, what kinds of things we have to do to support manufacturing. get all of the legislative staff out of the way. the most important thing that we need to do is pay attention to our manufacturing base. we need your input. you are going to be the great job creators for san francisco. when you make your own things, by their very nature, that it's so sustainable for the economy.
i will be talking about this all the time, whenever i get an opportunity. the san francisco brand is known around the world. i am about to go to china. whenever people in china think about san francisco made, they will want to come here. the middle class in china is coming out. they want to buy san francisco made products. they will want to buy our kimchi. they will want to buy our high- quality, precision made products. the second thing we're going to do is doing things by concentrating on certain sectors -- sectors. we have wesf. i want -- we have fashion sf. we have people like roger in the
industry. thank you for working with sf made and our whole group. the fashion industry is what goes along with all of the technology and the arts and culture that we have. fashion is going to revive itself and i know we can succeed in that. there are other sectors for want to focus on, and we want to do that. and we want to listen to our sectors as we speak. we have food and wine sectors. we will listen to them carefully so we can support our manufacturing businesses. the third thing we will do, again, something that we put in our budget already this year. we will invest in our local economy for manufacturing. over the years, we have invested about $67,000 in sf made. we will continue that this year and expand on what the board of supervisors has done, aren't we?
absolutely, because she knows the more we spend, it will be in her district. iwe are going to continue that financial thing because we've got to walk the walk. we don't just talk it. and the manufacture things, we want to make sure you can sell them. the other thing we're doing is to make sure that we create as international markets. as i said earlier, we have the ability to market san francisco products all over the world, and i've got to take advantage of that. when i take my first trip to china in november, you better be sure that's sf made will be part of that. they will want to know what they can purchase from eis that is of quality. and if it is -- from us that is of quality. and it is accessories to handbags to chocolates, we will be promoting that and we will be creating those markets as we speak. and finally, the other thing we want to make sure you know that we are doing.
it is consistent with everything i am doing, and that is jobs, jobs, jobs for local, san francisco residents. when you start making these, people here in san francisco can use their natural, god-given talent a lot of -- god-given talent. a lot of people think the only way that they can get a job is to go to a four-year college. you do not have to do that if you are in the manufacturing business. you can create things with your hand and still have a job in the market. we want to make sure that san francisco residents who live here can be attached to all of the local hiring that we do in our manufacturing business. we want to give people hope no matter what economic level you are. no matter where you came from. if you live in our city, you've got a job. and if it is not in the tech industry or the health industry or the tourism industry, it is
making things that will be sold around the world. and you will get credit for that by just being part of our work force. these are the things that i promise you we will do with you. i want to thank sf made. i want to thank the board and all of the people here tonight to celebrate this momentous occasion. we will be visiting all of you as the manufacturing -- as you manufacture new things. i want to hold those samples in my office so that when i have international visitors they can say, where did that come from? made right here in san francisco. i want to stop seeing labels that say, "made in china." they will say, "made in san francisco." [applause] i've got a special gift to give. of course, this is lodged in my sf made bag, right here in san
francisco. and it is something that i am privileged to do in celebration of sf made weeke, and that is to present the proclamation to katie and the board declaring this week sf made in san francisco. [applause] >> i just -- i want to make special recognition of the team. this whole week is happening because of my two colleagues who live like to have on stage with me to receive this proclamation, janet lee our executive and
sharon andfaron -- and faron. this is being sf made team, full-time working to support 325 companies. this would not have happened happenedjanet and faron. thank you, mr. mayor. [applause] >> mayor lee, thank you very much. the met -- the next part of the program will present three awards. the first award is new this year, and to be sure i get it correctly, it is called sf made
sf -- it is called "sf made individual award." it is to facilitate somebody getting started in manufacturing in san francisco. i think mayor lee is going to present the award. and this is our "places to make" award. >> last september, we had a really big hit in san francisco when he ceramics' decided to move to san francisco. they needed to work with a property owner that not only worked -- welcome to them, but someone they could work with in the long term that shared the same vision of growing and allow
space to be made in the northeast area and allowing ceramics to grow for generations to come. tonight, i would like to present the sf made places to make award to fred snyder, the property owner for peace ceramics. -- haeth ceramics, who will be working with us in the very near future. come on out, fred. [applause] to your camaraderie, to your sharing a vision for san francisco made products, but also for the flexibility and understanding to create a manufacturing base, would like to present this award to you. fred, thank you for your leadership. >> thank you. [applause] >> i get to introduce you back
to the stage, melea. melea will be presenting the new maker awards. that is someone who has been a new manufacturer for less than three years. >> i am back and i'm excited because today i get to introduce to you the new maker award. it is given each year to a company that is less than three years old that exemplifies the values of sf made. manufacturing a quality product, exhibiting in elevation, creating jobs for the local economy, and making a significant and positive contribution to the sf made community. the honoree is one of sf made's youngest. hold on. i've always wanted to do that. and fastest-growing companies. they started only two years ago with a novel design for an ipad case and a passion for books.
and customers were lining up to buy the very first ipad outside the apple store. and it is from those humble beginnings that this company has grown to full operations right here in our very own backyard. in just two years, the company has created 21 jobs and scores more at their manufacturing partners here in the city. for helping to turn the page in the bookbinding industry in san francisco, and the new men and women that employes, this year's new maker award goes to -- are you guys ready? [cheers] it goes to [unintelligible] [applause] year to accept the award are the co-founders. we've got craig dalton, patrick buckley, and mark manning. [applause] i want you to know that i'm also
a dodo case owner. it has been to meet -- been with me to israel, india, and china. get a warm welcome to the makers welcomedodo case. [applause] congratulations. >> i want to say a big thank you to sf made and everyone here. this is a really great honor for a young business and it means a tremendous amount to us. our colleague mark manning could not be here tonight because he is traveling internationally, but we are trying to spread the word for dodo case in those manufacturing markets. thank you very much. [applause] >> congratulations. our next award is the sf made
founders award, approved -- presented by the sf made founder, marked right. -- mark dwight. >> thank you for coming out tonight. this is really amazing. i created this concept almost 10 years ago now, and i used it in my realm business and it was not until about three years ago that we formalize it appeared and it has come to this. it is really gratifying for me. my oldest son is here to watch his dad in action. that is pretty cool. there is my son, spencer. it is my privilege as the founder of sf made to get out the founders' award. the founders' award goes to an established company that has the characteristics of an sf made
co., innovative, daring i might say, and just making great products and supporting the sf made community as well. and part of that support comes with putting on parties like this. this year's award recognizes the company and the individual who started it. who is your house tonight and has four 15 years now -- your house tonight and has for 15 years now been making as beverages. and is very boisterous in the clock -- in the crowd, as you can tell. i want to welcome to the stage, forced grey -- forest gray, the founder and ceo of speakeasy. [applause]
>> let's hear it for the noble pursuit of making staff -- stuff, and making it in san francisco, and making it in america. [applause] let's hear from our house. >> . host. >> thank you so much for that. thank you to all the folks from the city for coming out. kate, thank you for doing this. you are such an important part of the city. it was a dying breed before you stepped up to the plate. as kate mentioned earlier, manufacturing was a dying breed in a way, or a renaissance at a different way of looking at it. it used to be about cranking out widgets, and now it is not. it is about passion. it is making things from the heart. it is a very passionate thing.
it is not something that you can crank out like a widget. we're very proud of the city. i want to thank you very much for this honor. [applause] >> here is your award. thank you. i want to thank kate and janet and faron. the team at sf made has really made this happen. i am the founder. i do not have to do anything. and i also want to thank city hall. both for your moral support and financial support. and to mayor lee, thank you. mayor lee has been here for an hour. i remember an administration where you were lucky that you got a flyby. we got an hour. that is awesome. [applause] melea chon, --